By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY HATTON is on the brink of announcing a sensational comeback for late November.
The former world light-welterweight and welterweight champion has been in talks with TV companies about screening his ring return after months of hard training.
Hatton, 34 next month, has lost three stones in weight due to a training regime and healthy lifestyle – which he combines with his work as a boxing trainer.
Despite his team denying the weight loss is down to a planned comeback, November 24 has been pencilled in for the return of ‘The Hitman’ in Manchester.
And it is believed that an announcement about his plans is close.
Britain’s most popular boxer of the modern era packed out the MEN Arena in his heyday and the venue would be top of the list to stage any comeback in late November or early December.
Hatton tweeted last week: “I’m that slim now I nearly fell down a grid this morning.”
But the opponent will not be New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi, who Hatton has recently been linked with fighting after stopping him four years ago.
Hatton was last seen in a ring when he was KO’d by Filipino Manny Pacquiao in two rounds back in May 2009 in Las Vegas. And his motivation for boxing again will be redemption for that brutal defeat.
Although he only officially announced his retirement last year, Hatton is said to have regrets over the way his illustrious career came to a halt in Vegas.
The Mancunian will also hope to get a TV deal and regular shows for his stable of fighters off the back of a comeback.
Hatton has cleaned up his act since being caught snorting cocaine two years ago on a night out.
He has also battled alcohol addiction, leading to a spell in a rehabilitation clinic for depression, after his loss to the boxer nicknamed the Pac-Man.